April showers bring May flowers!!! Well in Texas when talking about white bass fishing it is more like April WINDS bring storms in May. The shad spawn has started , although very late because of the cold weather and water in April. We fought the winds on Lake Ray Hubbard and also cried mercy a few times. Had a lot of rescheduled trips because of weather. May should bring less winds at time but be aware of the storms that will come thru. Please remember that lighting is not to be taken lightly when white bass fishing or any kind of outdoor activity. Fish are feeding and it will only get better as the month move on.
White Bass Patterns
When white bass and hybrid/striped bass get through with their spawn, they go on a feeding frenzy! You can find them throughout the day on shallow flats , along rip rap, shallow coves with sandy banks and around bridge pillions feeding on shad. When in shallow water , turn your big motor off well away from where you are targeting. Use your trolling motor to ease up on your spot , if fishing a shore line , start up wind and let the wind drift you down the bank. On the flats if you pull your boat into deeper water , use the wind to let you drift across it so you can spot small pods of fish blowing shad out of the water. Use your trolling motor to stay onto of the action. The fish will not stay shallow the whole day but will come back through out the day. When white bass are not in the shallow, check the same areas but deeper. Lake Ray Hubbard has many long points and drop offs. Use your electronics to locate these fish.
White Bass Lures
When you find white bass or hybrid/stripers shallow i like to throw 3 inch Co Ho with a
1/2 oz head. Many people like to also throw rattle traps, small crank baits and even lighter A-rigs. Find the windy points , rip rap, flats and
cuts in the shore line then chunk and whined to locate pockets of
white bass and hybrid/striper. When the fish move deeper use a small jigging spoon/ slab and don't forget to ties a small jig above for the chance to catch 2 at a time. A little trick I like to use is when I am shallow , I watch my Humminbird 12 Helix on side imaging. You can actually watch fish swim past you and you know what side of the boat to throw. The first pic below demonstrates this technique. The little white dots to the right are fish moving past as a few on the left.
Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide
We target White Bass year round . Lake
Ray Hubbard has a great white bass and hybrid Striper population. For
more information on Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide, follow this link.